The Department of Energy’s latest program encourages builders to integrate proven innovations and ensure optimal home performance.
The U.S. Department of Energy began recognizing homes built at least 30 percent above code in February 2008 with the creation of Builders Challenge, a voluntary program that certified houses based on a standardized energy rating system. The initiative achieved more than 14,000 verified houses in four-plus years but lacked the teeth to ensure that each participating builder consistently incorporated and promoted the latest solutions produced by research programs such as the DOE’s Building America.
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